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James Williams and teammates end Miami Northwestern’s season

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Miami head coach Manny Diaz arrives to Miami/Florida State game in Tallahassee in November 2019.
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Miami Northwestern and its three Hurricane verbal commitments will not win their fourth consecutive state championship this December.

That’s because Plantation-American Heritage, led by five-star Hurricane verbal commitment James Williams, topped the Bulls 12-3 last Friday night in a Class 5A-Region 4 quarterfinal game to end Northwestern’s season.

Heritage’s swarming defense held an explosive Northwestern offense, that features 2021 verbals Romello Brinson and Kahlil Brantley, in check. 2021 safety commitment Kamren Kinchens helped keep the Bulls in the game by anchoring Northwestern’s pass defense but it wasn't enough.

Williams had a fumble recovery in the victory for the Patriots.

Brinson was bottled up for much of the night by the Patriot defense.

American Heritage is now heavily favored to win the Class 5A state championship.

2021 kicker commitment Andres Borregales and Hialeah-Champagnat Catholic continue to be unchallenged in the Class 2A playoffs. Champagnat Catholic defeated Moore Haven 55-12 to qualify for the Class 2A-Region 4 final.

Borregales’ pooch kick (below) helped the Lions get an extra possession in the first quarter.

Hollywood-Chaminade-Madonna dominated its Class 3A-Region 4 semifinal game as it topped Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian 38-6 but it lost 2021 Miami verbal commitment Thad Franklin in the process. Franklin hurt his hamstring in the first quarter and did not return to the game. His status moving forward is unknown.

Miami Palmetto survived another close region playoff game in beating Orlando-Lake Nona 9-6 last Friday. Palmetto, featuring Hurricane verbal commitments Brashard Smith, Leonard Taylor and Savion Collins, played without its starting quarterback again and struggled offensively.

Miami Central topped Naples-Lely 42-16 in a Class 6A-Region 4 quarterfinal last Saturday. The Rockets have two Cane commitments in brothers Laurence Seymore (2021 offensive lineman) and Lamar Seymore (2023 wide receiver).

Former Miami target Amari Daniels scored two touchdowns in the victory.